January 16, 2013

God-Given Work

Filed under: Our Work,Personal,Religion — Adam Heine @ 4:24 PM

A couple weeks ago, Cindy mentioned I got some paid writing work. What’s going on is I’m writing and designing a successor to the computer game I helped make 14 years ago. I’m SO excited. But what’s really exciting about this gig is how God brought it about. Let me explain.

A few months ago, we were especially low on funds. Normally, missionaries in this position have to go fundraising. And we were going to go fundraising, because God’s given us a pretty sizable network of online friends, many of whom would gladly help us if we asked.

At the same time, God has always taken care of us. In the past 8 years(!), we’ve only asked for money twice, and both times were very much: “We’re going to do this whether we get support or not. But if you’ve got a heart to help, here’s your chance.” (And even then, it was only because a bunch of people were like, “You better tell me when you move to Thailand/build a house!”)

So I was praying about our funds and I basically told God I wanted him to do something amazing, to provide for us.  I understood if he wanted to provide via this ridiculously awesome network he’d given us, but I wanted to give him space to do something more . . . miraculous than that.

I gave him a month (being the amount of time I thought we could last without extra cash). If nothing happened in that time, and our next deposit from Coast wasn’t unusually large, I would go to the blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to give you guys a chance to help.

The month went by. Some things happened (we got a significant discount for one of our kids’ schools, for example), but nothing hit the target number we needed to reach.

Then THE DAY I HAD MARKED AS OUR DEADLINE, I got an e-mail from a friend I used to work with asking if I wanted to write for this new game. For actual money.

I might have danced that day.

Does this mean we don’t have to worry about money anymore? Heck no, but it definitely helps and has the potential to continue helping down the road. Mostly, though, it reminds me that we serve a God who takes care of the people he calls out to do stuff.

I mean, I know missionaries who go back to their home country every year or two to raise money, and sometimes I wonder if we should be doing that. But I think that’s just the path God called them to. I would be terrible at it, and I’m pretty sure it would be terrible for my family. I like this path, and I’m thankful for the reminders that God really did put me on it in the first place.



  1. This is awesome.

    Comment by Matthew MacNish — January 16, 2013 @ 6:40 PM

  2. Praise God in the highest! And I’m especially thankful that I got to hear this all already firsthand from you. It was great spending so much time riding shotgun with you in the Heine-mobile and hearing about your writing ventures! We will continue to pray for God to provide for all of you through many sources.

    Comment by Diane — January 16, 2013 @ 7:44 PM

  3. God is a provider. He will always provides exactly what is needed to get the task He has assigned to us complete, not more nor less. Yeah, Diane, I love riding shotgun with Adam – I learn a lot.

    Comment by heine.patriarch — January 17, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

  4. The car is a good place to catch me. I’m much less busy there 🙂

    Comment by Adam Heine — January 17, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

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